Hello - and welcome!
I'm in the country, on 21 acres, so I can't help you on the suburb thing.... but others here can.
I don't know why they have to have rules like that. The reality about bees is......... that when they leave the hive, they begin to fly upward. Within just a few feet of the hive - 10-20 feet - they're above way above head level, and can even be as high as tree level. The bees fly high like this till they get to their destination, and then fly nearly straight down. The only place you see lots of bees is within 5 feet of the hive. So having a 50 foot area free of people/passage/walkways around the bees is just silly.
Government officials just don't understand the importance of bees in the world, nor do they understand that people are in no danger by having bee hives in their neighborhoods. (sigh)
I'll get down from the soap box. If anyone else wants to use it..... go right ahead.